Published on May 18, 2021

Have you ever seen photovoltaic panels or small wind turbines installed on roofs of houses or even on balconies in urban areas – for self-production of energy? In the global scenario of decarbonisation of the energy matrix, decentralised alternatives have gained strength and popularity. This change in the dynamics of production and consumption of energy is interesting, because the capillarisation of production allows local potentials for the generation of renewable energy to be better exploited. Also, it increases consumer autonomy. Having this in mind, but turning our look onto the aviation scenario, we ask ourselves: Does decentralised production make sense here as well? The Climate Neutral Alternative Fuels (ProQR) project argues that yes, it does. Especially in remote areas of Brazil, decentralised production makes a lot of from an economic and ecological point of view.

In order to enable the first sustainable fuel pilot plant in decentralised production, ProQR took a closer look and asked: How to actually set up a decentralised production plant for renewable aviation paraffin?

To answer this and other questions, in August 2020, the project launched a “Guide for the Installation and Operation of Decentralised Alternative Aviation Kerosene Production Units in Brazil”. With this document the ProQR project’s central target – an innovative pilot plant – now gains visualisation.

The approach is broad and comprehensive. The study clarifies the administrative and physical steps required for the installation, as well as the administrative procedures foreseen during the operation of these decentralised plants in remote locations (small airports). Innovative entrepreneurs who are interested in investing in this area gain a broad overview of the legal structure necessary for the installation of these decentralized units, a sustainable initiative for the production of alternative aviation kerosene.

Accordingly, ProQR intends this guide to contribute to the understanding and articulation of the technical and logistical elements that are necessary for renewable aviation fuel production plants to get off the ground. It is an important document in the cooperation with the project partners, which aims to create a reference model for the implementation and operation of a pilot plant and for the adoption of alternative fuels without climate impacts in means of transport that cannot adopt electric mobility.

To access the document in Portuguese, click here.

The study was conducted by the German Cooperation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Contributor to this article is Bárbara Correa.

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